Nigel will be aboard for the Pacific Seamounts Expedition.
This mapping expedition will focus on unmapped areas of the Pacific between San Francisco and Honolulu as E/V Nautilus operations move out into the Pacific Ocean between the Hawaiian Islands and Samoa. The transit route will utilize the multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler to fill in gaps in seabed mapping coverage across the Pacific, plus targeted mapping of a number of seamounts in the vicinity of the Murray Fracture zone. One targeted region is a series of linear seamounts known as the Moonless Mountains, and mapping will support the analysis of the geological structure and processes of the relationship of these seamounts to the adjacent fracture zone.
Systematic mapping of the seafloor by echosounder commenced nearly a century ago, however, more than 80% of the world’s seafloor is still not mapped, even at a resolution of 1km, and the eastern Pacific Ocean is no exception. The seafloor mapping by Nautilus plays an integral part with planning and successful execution of future ROV dives and other ocean observations. In addition to the direct value gained supporting Nautilus cruises, the seabed mapping data and products on this expedition directly contribute to international mapping efforts including the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project.
Sponsored by: NOAA Office of Exploration and Research
The CWCC on-site component was an intensive, hands-on course that included field and laboratory activities, lecture and discussion sessions, and completion of a problem-based learning activity.
On-site field and laboratory activities included processing data and samples collected in the field, carrying out GIS mapping and modeling exercises, and participating in simulations that explore policymaking paradigms and the application of socio-economic analysis.
For the problem-based learning activity, students worked in teams to complete a site-specific case study project that integrates learning activities and concepts from all CCME focus areas Coastal Resilience, Coastal Intelligence, Placed Based Conservation, and Social Science (Human Dimensions).
During the 2019 Center-Wide Core Competency (CWCC) Course, CCME Scholars covered the following Focus Area Goals:
CST Biology undergraduate student Linda Mbiza (left), NOAA CCME Researcher Dr. Richard Long (middle), and SoE and NOAA CCME graduate student Ariana Uwaibi participated in Florida State University Schools (FSUS) STEAM night where they helped students and parents swab cell phones and cultivate bacteria on agar plates.
Images of the plates were posted on Flickr so that participants could see their actual plate. There are also plates from the FAMU STEM Day on Flickr. In addition there were activities on learning bacterial shape and infographics on the human microbiome.
The NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME) held its 2019 Annual Meeting at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) on the campus of the University of California – San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography on April 11-12, 2019. The theme of the meeting was “Expanding Partnerships for Student Training and Workforce Placement”. The main goals of the meeting were to: introduce CCME more broadly to the NOAA scientific community, educate CCME faculty and students about different research opportunities and interests at a variety of NOAA entities, and foster new and expanded collaborations, particularly those leading to student engagement, between CCME and NOAA.
Approximately 22 CCME faculty and staff, seven graduate students, thirteen NOAA personnel, three representatives of the Stakeholder Advisory Board, and the External Evaluator attended in person. Four NOAA personnel attended virtually (via the Zoom web conferencing service), as did other CCME faculty and students.
A pre-meeting informal gathering for introductions and networking was held the evening of April 10 in the Hotel La Jolla. The meeting kicked off with the presentation of posters highlighting research by select CCME graduate students with concurrent networking opportunities. Following the welcome by CCME Director Dr. Larry Robinson and the SWFSC Acting Deputy Science and Research Director Dr. Toby Garfield, the program moved to presentations summarizing CCME and the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) to familiarize the attendees with the program. Following a networking lunch and tour of the SWFSC, the afternoon of the first day featured talks from representatives of eleven NOAA laboratories, centers and offices. The speakers were selected to represent a mix of those with exiting collaborations with CCME, those with some familiarity but not yet engaged with CCME, and those with no pre-existing relationship with CCME. The second day began with a discussion of collaborative opportunities based on what was learned during the first day. Following the open session, an internal CCME programmatic meeting was held.
NOAA CCME Postdoc Emily Jones, Professor Dr. Michael Martinez-Colon, and CCME Scholars Terrius Bruce and Walter Holmes participated in FAMU's BioBlitz where students and faculty walked around to different spots on FAMU's campus to take photographs which are automatically geotagged with location information. This information can be used to help researchers answer questions or map locations of a certain species.